December 2009

Online Extras: December 2009 Issue

Online Extras from the December 2009 issue the Wood Whisperer video on Flush Trim bits, the video of Trevor Smith's students building boomerangs and then send their projects soaring, the Great Woodshops article, "Legendary Rocker," about our visit to Sam Maloof's workshop, and more.

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Out of the Woodwork: But Aren’t You a Woodworker?

It’s not a hobby if it isn’t fun. By Ethan Sincox Page: 80 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now Last year, my wife and I bought our first house together. Right after closing, with the help of friends, we pulled carpet, painted, moved walls and relocated plumbing. Rooms took on...

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Flexner on Finishing: Gel Varnish

The (almost) perfect compromise. By Bob Flexner Pages: 74-76 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now Most woodworkers do their finishing with one of two wipe-on/wipe-off finishes: oil/varnish blend or wiping varnish. Oil/varnish blend is a thinned mixture of boiled linseed oil or tung oil with alkyd or polyurethane varnish. You...

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Jig Journal: Coping at the Router Table

Work smart across the grain with a simple push block. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 70-71 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now One of the first vehicles I owned was a 1964 Ford Econoline van. I bought it cheap at a police auction then proceeded to over-accessorize it with all...

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Seamless Curved Panel Glue-ups

Work with the grain when gluing panels, even when the grain throws you a curve. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 66-69 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now When I look at a piece of furniture, aside from its design and craftsmanship, I examine how the wood was used. How was it...

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Shooting Boards

Small work is safer – and easier – to size with a handplane and shooting board. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 62-65 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now I have been a woodworker for 38 years and I still have all my fingers on both hands. My fingers all run out...

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Best New Tools: 2009

By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 57-61 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now With the world’s economy taking a nose dive in 2009, we saw a lot of things happen to the tool-making community. Many of the major manufacturers, which were pummeled by the housing market, played it safe this year. Either...

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Build a Boomerang

Making a boomerang is simple, fast and will set your head spinning. By Trevor Smith Pages: 52-56 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now If you like a challenge, enjoy having an excuse to be outside and are looking for ideas for practical projects, you’ll find that building a boomerang is...

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Bibliophile’s Bookcase

With simple lines and straightforward joinery, this project yields ample shelf space (and drawers to boot). By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 46-51 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now This large case-on-case shelving unit is adapted from similar pieces I’ve seen in private libraries and in stately homes. I also dug up...